Thursday, June 9, 2016
Solar powered motion sensing yard lights
I live in rural Maine where there aren't any streetlights and on a dark moonless night it can be hard to navigate from my parking area to the front porch. Recently, I purchased a set of four motion sensing solar powered yard lights that I am very pleased with. The ones I purchased were made by URPOWER, but there seem to be many manufacturers of nearly identical products that range in price from around $10-$15 each.
These clever lights require only minimal solar exposure during the day to charge up their internal battery. And like exterior floodlights that come on with a motion sensor, these ones do the same thing but only come on for 30 seconds. They respond to someone moving from up to 16 feet away and provide a good bright light. This clever strategy allows these lights to be very efficient while creating a large pool of light.
I have two that are sufficient to light my front porch steps and others placed around the yard to help people unfamiliar with my property to navigate from the parking area to the porch. I consider these relatively inexpensive lights to be a very good investment and so far they have survived six months through a Maine winter which is a testament to their hardiness. They get excellent reviews on Amazon.
If you have an area in your yard that needs lighting, but you don't want to go to the great expense of pulling AC wiring, then this may be an optimal solution that is extremely effective.